About Monkey Jungle...
Joseph DuMond, an inquisitive animal behaviorist, arrived in South Florida in 1933 and released six Java monkeys into the wilds of a dense subtropical forest. The release over eighty years ago of that small Java troop signified the beginning of the larger thriving troop that runs free at MONKEY JUNGLE today.
Located just off U.S. 1 and Florida Turnpike in southern Miami-Dade County, Monkey Jungle was an innovator of many concepts seen in the design of zoological parks. It's home to over 300 primates, most running free on a 30 acre preserve. And, it's one of the few protected habitats for endangered primates in the United States and the only one that the general public can explore.
Visitors today are immediately welcomed by the Java monkey troop, now numbering over 90 individuals. This experience with the monkeys continues to be a highlight of Monkey Jungle. The Java monkey is a skilled diver in the wild, collecting crabs and other shellfish along the riverbanks and mangrove swamps. The monkeys demonstrate these water skills when they wade into their pond during the WILD MONKEY SWIMMING POOL to receive fruit from the guides.
As part of the Jungle’s continuing efforts to engage visitors and promote the understanding of primates, we offer a unique look into the lifestyle of gorillas with our CAMEROON GORILLA FOREST experiences. Always unpredictable, audiences witness dynamic interactions between these amazing apes and their keepers.
Come see all the amazing primate species represented at MONKEY JUNGLE. Including...the Golden Lion Tamarin, a colorful native to the Brazilian jungle that is threatened with extinction. MONKEY JUNGLE proudly participates in an international effort to save the tiny creature.
Monkey Jungle is also proud to be home of the DuMond Conservancy for Primates & Tropical Forests, our not-for-profit science, conservation and education affiliate.
Monkey Jungle is a one of a kind wildlife park and discovery center established in 1935 in a natural subtropical forest in southern Miami-Dade County. The Jungle wildlife live here much as they would in their native habitats. Visitors, students and scientists experience unique up close encounters with these amazing creatures in Miami's natural 30-acre Jungle park.
Now in its third generation of family ownership, Monkey Jungle remains one of the truly timeless attractions in South Florida. Visitors of all ages continue to enjoy an intimate immersive experience that creates a lifetime of memories.